One of the key elements of a bullet journal is rapid logging but it begs the question what is it?
Traditional note-taking and journaling can be a beautiful experience and I’m a huge advocate for that. But note-taking and journaling may become more of a chore, than an expression of yourself, the more complex it is. You may want to abandon your journal writing altogether.
Rapid logging consists of four parts: topics, short sentences, bullets and page numbers.
What are Some Topics in Rapid Logging?
The first step in rapid logging is to place a topic, or heading, at the top outer corner of your page. A topic in Rapid Logging is similar. A topic is a short descriptive heading. The heading, or title, describes what you are planning to discuss.
The important thing you need to do is remember to take a little time with your heading. It will help you clarify or keep track of your journal entry. Once you have your entry, write it down. Each time you begin a bullet journal, or any note-taking, think about your topic and write it on the page.
You also want to number each page before you begin your bullet journal.
What do Bullets Have to do with Rapid Logging?
To successfully complete rapid logging you need to use short, condensed sentences. This is a one or two sentence blurb about what your topic. A bullet point is placed next to the short, concise sentence.
The next step involves the following categories: Notes, Tasks and Events. Your topic may be lessons learned and you will want to include basic yet clear idea about it.
A task is any type of actionable item on your list, and an important element of rapid logging. Your task will have a dot placed in front of it. Next to the dot, you want to further separate your task according to whether it is a completed, scheduled or migrated tasks.
For instance, you place an X next to the dot for any completed task. You may place a less than sign, or (>), next to the migrated task. A more than sign, or (<), would be placed next to the dot indicating that it is scheduled.
Separate Your Events
An event entry is any type of date-related notation that can be logged after it happens or scheduled. Keep the event entry as brief as you can. It doesn’t matter how emotionally daunting or personal it is. Once you have rapid logged the event, you can write about the event at length on the next pages.
Notes are any notations that include your thoughts, facts and observations. The note entry can be something you want to remember, but you are not required to do anything about such as you would with an event. Place a dash in front of all sentences you categorize as notes on your page.
Placing Your Organization into Overdrive with Your Rapid Logging
A Bullet Journal is a framework. Within that framework are modules. These modules are ways created to help you organize and collect certain entries. Your Bullet Journal gives you the power to match and mix modules to suit your needs. You have four modules: Daily Log, Future Log, Monthly Log and Index.
Once you are in your second month of bullet journaling, you are ready to migrate content. Migrate means that you are transferring information from one area to another. This requires you to look at all of your previous entries. You want to take note of all the tasks marked with an X that you did not complete. Determine if the task is still relevant. If it is no longer important to you, mark out the task line. If you still need to complete it, migrate it. Next to the bullet, place the less than sign.
This shows you have transferred that task to the next month. You also must place that on the Task Page of the new Monthly Log. You can do this with both tasks and events, but not notes. Place the migrated scheduled entries to your last month’s log to your current Future Log.
Place all scheduled items in your Monthly Log’s calendar page.
If you cringe at this part of Rapid Logging because you hate to rewrite things, it is OK. You are supposed to not like this part of Rapid Logging. The goal is for you to pause and process each item. If the entry is not worth rewriting, it probably was not that important to you.
By migrating an entry from one month to another, this instills in you what is truly worth the effort to complete. A lot of times we become aware of our habits and patterns, but we fail to separate them from our good intentions.
Start Rapid Logging
Now that you know what Rapid Logging is about try it for at least two months. You do not need any special notebook or journal. Pick one you like and get started. The best thing about Rapid Logging is that you will have a series of notebooks you can look back at as a reference point. This reference point show how much you have changed, matured and grown since you began Bullet Journaling.